Ex slab (NGC VF 4/5 - 2/5)
|Year/Period and Variation:||Q. Caepio (Marcus Junius) Brutus (44-42 BC). Uncertain military mint in the East, early 42 BC|
|No. of items:||1|
|Type:||Coin (More lots)|
|Condition:||Ex slab (NGC VF 4/5 - 2/5)|
Q. Caepio (Marcus Junius) Brutus, assassin of Caesar (44-42 BC). AR denarius (18mm, 3.64 gm, 12h). Ex slab (NGC VF 4/5 - 2/5), bankers marks. Uncertain military mint in the East (Smyrna?), early 42 BC. P. Cornelius Lentulus Spinther, legate.
Obv: Pontifical emblems: securis (ax), simpulum (ladle), and secespita (knife); BRVTVS below.
Rev: LENTVLVS SPINT, emblems of the augurate: capis (jug) and lituus (wand).
Ref: Crawford 500/7. Rare.
This attractive denarius of M. Junius Brutus and his quaestor, P. Lentulus Spinther, was struck in Smyrna in 42 B.C. as part of the preparations for war with the second triumvirate of Mark Antony, Octavian, and Marcus Lepidus. After his involvement in the murder of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March, 44 B.C., Brutus fled to Crete and then to Asia Minor, where he assembled forces for the showdown at Philippi in 42 B.C. Brutus and his colleagues were defeated in the battle. Instead of fleeing, Brutus chose to fall on his own sword.
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